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Jack Clifford and Jack Nowell start for England against Wales

12 February 2017

"International games are won in the last 10 minutes, where composure, discipline and execution come under pressure", said Wales's interim coach.

"Those things happen regularly in those sorts of countries, so the challenge for a team to play away is to be better than that". It's a tough one, but you take that, you bottle it and we will use that in two weeks when we go to Murrayfield. The only thing we control is our own mental state and the way we play the game. "Against Italy [England's next opponents], we don't want to be in that situation we were in today".

But Jones already made certain of annoying Wales before then by refusing the home side's request to close the roof.

"It is a big game, and both players want to be part of that game as you would expect".

The Welsh notably tried to pull one over England in 2015, by delaying their arrival on the field long after England's.

Eddie Jones may resort to cuddling to get his England players firing, but Jonathan Joseph says the hostility of the Welsh crowd in Cardiff is enough motivation for him.

The only other change announced by Jones on Thursday to the England XV that started in the Grand Slam champions 19-16 tournament-opening win over France at Twickenham is on the right wing, with Jack Nowell replacing Jonny May after the latter was sin-binned against the French. It took just 34 minutes for the visitors to register their maiden Six Nations bonus point with Stander crossing the line to score the second of his three.

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Nowell impressed after coming on as a 69th-minute replacement against France, his strong carry forward helping pave the way for the decisive try by fellow replacement back Ben Te'o.

Jones said the result felt like a loss. Yes we are disappointed, but the performance was there for 76 minutes.

"Jack Clifford deserves his starting role". Clifford scored his only test try against Wales a year ago.

James Haskell is again named on the bench alongside Wood but with Chris Robshaw and Billy Vunipola already sidelined through injury, it leaves Clifford, Maro Itoje - who makes only his second global back-row appearance - and Nathan Hughes comprising the back row. Wales opted for scrum instead of a penalty kick and blew it when Rob Evans collapsed against England tighthead Dan Cole.

He's counting on superior experience throughout his side to make a difference. "You've got to find some way to get a better performance", he said.

"There is no excuses from us. Every game is important for us and our supporters, and Wales is our next game so it's the most important". "We feel we are in good shape".

Halfpenny converted and Wales led 13-8, a lead they held onto until half time.

Jack Clifford and Jack Nowell start for England against Wales